Matthew Stafford on first playoff victory: I’m just excited for our team

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In his 13th season as a pro but first with the Rams, Matthew Stafford has cleared an elusive hurdle — his first postseason win.

Stafford got it with Los Angeles’ 34-11 drubbing of division-rival Arizona. And he did it by playing clean football, recording his first turnover-free game since the Rams defeated the Cardinals back in Week 14.

But after the game, Stafford didn’t say much bout what his first playoff win meant on a personal level, instead deflecting credit to his teammates and coaches.

“I’m just excited for our team to get the win,” Stafford said. “Obviously, what a team effort. I mean, our defense played outstanding tonight. Special teams basically set up a score with Johnny [Hekker] pinning him down there. Did a great job on field goals. And we were good enough on offense to score some points and come away with the win. Just happy to be moving on.

“I think [getting a first playoff win] means a lot more to you guys and all that. I just want to be a part of this team and help us win. I trust in myself, trust in my abilities, trust in my teammates. [I] go out there and play and let the chips fall where they may.”

Stafford did set a Rams postseason record for passer rating, as he finished the game 13-of-17 for 202 yards with a pair of touchdowns. That worked out to a 154.5 rating, just under the perfect mark of 158.3.

“I felt like I was putting the ball in the right place for the majority of the night,” Stafford said. “Had to throw one away towards Coop one time. But other than that, I felt like the ball was going to the right place in a pretty good spot. Our guys made great plays.

“That’s how I expect to go out and play every game. Doesn’t always happen that way, but just felt good out there, felt comfortable. Our team played great.”

6 responses to “Matthew Stafford on first playoff victory: I’m just excited for our team

  1. He’s a great guy. Liked him since his days at Georgia. Happy for him to finally be on a good team after years in Detroit! Go Bucs, but if Brady ever has to lose a game I’d rather it be to Stafford than anyone else. Hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does I’ll be rooting for Stafford and the Rams the rest of the way….

  2. Stafford missed one pass last night. He was 13 of 17 with one throw away and 2 drops that were in receivers hands by Akers and Higbee. The better, more talented QB playing next week is Stafford. Control Fournette and the Rams win easy .

  3. I like that Stafford deflected everything to the team. He’s a class act. He’s won the division title and a playoff game, but expectations are still very high. We have to win against the Bucs next week to further silence the doubters. Go Rams!

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